WASHINGTON (October 15, 2003)–Starting with the November 2003 issue, National Geographic will bring its global adventures to readers in Croatia, broadening the international reach of the magazine that has set the standard for excellence in reporting, photography and mapmaking.
The Croatian-language edition of National Geographic magazine, under the editorship of Hrvoje Prcic will be produced in partnership with Sanoma Magazines Zagreb, and will be the 25th local-language edition of National Geographic magazine. Sanoma Magazines Zagreb is the fast growing magazine publisher in Croatia and already publishes the Croatian edition of Elle magazine, Elle Dekor, Story and KLIK.
Parent company Sanoma Magazines International, the fifth-largest magazine publisher in Europe, also publishes the Romanian, Czech- and Hungarian-language editions of National Geographic magazine through its subsidiaries Sanoma Hearst Romania, Sanoma Prague in the Czech Republic and Sanoma Budapest in Hungary. The company publishes over 250 magazines in nine European countries.
The Croatian-language edition of National Geographic magazine will be published monthly under license from the National Geographic Society and will follow closely the editorial content of the English-language original, in the same format with the familiar yellow-bordered cover.
The official journal of the Society, National Geographic provides in-depth editorial coverage of cultures, nature, science and technology. Published in English since 1888, the magazine is now also published in Japanese, Spanish (separate editions for Spain and Latin America), Italian, Greek, Hebrew, French, German, Polish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese (separate editions for Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Turkish, Thai, Czech and Hungarian. A Russian edition launched in October 2003. The magazine has a total circulation of around 9 million and is read in every country of the world.
“Giving people a window to the world in their own language through National Geographic’s incomparable photographs and storytelling is a compelling way to extend the Society’s mission to spread geographic knowledge,” said National Geographic Society President and CEO John Fahey. “Launching a Croatian edition is an important step in our expansion throughout Europe with National Geographic magazine, National Geographic books, DVDs, videos and the National Geographic Channel.”
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The 115-year-old Society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television and interactive media. The Society has funded more than 7,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. The National Geographic Channel is received in more than 160 million homes, in145 countries, in 26 languages, including Croatian.